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Examining the capacity of a Sport for Development programme to create social capital.

Adams, A., Harris, K. and Lindsey, I., 2018. Examining the capacity of a Sport for Development programme to create social capital. Sport in Society, 21 (3), 558-573.

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DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1346627


Robert Putnam’s conceptualisation of social capital has been commonly associated with, and used to analyse, sport-for-development programmes. This paper bucks this trend and uses James Coleman’s rational strain of social capital to examine the use of sport as a component part of a programme to support male adults in addressing connected problems of substance misuse, homelessness and other forms of social exclusion. Using a qualitative research strategy, in-depth and longitudinal data were collected using individual interviews and focus groups with programme participants and key stakeholders over a three-year period. The results suggest the importance of unintentionality for the formation and use value of social capital; indicating that social capital created through this programme was individual, contingent on interactional context and benefitted individuals in line with Coleman’s six aspects of social capital.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social capital ; sport for development, ; Coleman ; intervention programme ; qualitative research
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:29388
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:23 Jun 2017 09:05
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:05


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